The beauty of winter

We had a very nice holiday and even saw snow late on Christmas day! Outside our local mountain ranges, we don’t get snow very often or in very large quantities here in the Pacific Northwest, but once in a while if you are at the right place at the right time…. snow is kind of a treat.

I have many friends living in parts of the country where snow and severe cold are what they expect and prepare for every winter. One good thing that I almost always hear from my colder-climate friends is how beautiful their conifers are when covered in snow!

Picea omorika 'Pimoko'

It’s such a rare occasion when I can enjoy the beauty of snow, that I get pretty excited when I find a conifer that almost looks like it’s glistening with frost all year-round. Picea omorika ‘Pimoko’ is a great example of a plant that almost sparkles in the sunlight because many of its needles twist and turn upwards exposing their bright whitish undersides.

‘Pimoko’  forms a nice rounded mound when young, and as it matures, its irregular form really adds interest to the garden. A great conifer with a neat and tidy appearance.  New foliage emerges like small spring green florets and matures to expose the undersides appearing like polished silver that sparkles in the sunlight – and hardy to zone 4 – need I say….I love it!

Conifer Lover

Thanks to Iseli Nursery for the photo links!